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Wrenshall's season ends with 61-50 loss to Chisholm

Sigrid Casey spent the first half dominating the Wrenshall Wrens in their Section 7A semifinal game on Wednesday night. Casey, a guard for Chisholm, scored 23 points in the first half and the Bluestreaks were able to hold on to gain a 61-50 victo...

Sigrid Casey spent the first half dominating the Wrenshall Wrens in their Section 7A semifinal game on Wednesday night. Casey, a guard for Chisholm, scored 23 points in the first half and the Bluestreaks were able to hold on to gain a 61-50 victory over the Wrens.

"Casey seemed to have not missed a shot," said Wrens coach Neil Dickinson. "We did not have an answer on how to stop her, as she drove in and broke down our 3-2 zone and hit many running shots."

Trailing 32-21 entering the locker room at the half, the Wrens made some adjustments to try and shut Casey down in the second half, and to find a way to get back in the game.

"The second half we made some adjustments for Casey and held her to one bucket and one free throw," explained Dickinson. "Their other guards stepped up and hit their shots."

While the Wrens spent the first half in a quandary over Casey, they had troubles on the other end of the floor as well as trying to get the ball in the basket.

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"Chisholm did a good job defensively on us with a 2-3 double team aggressive zone," stated Dickinson. "We could not get our offense in rhythm and struggled from the free throw line."

In the second half the Wrens matched the offensive output of the Bluestreaks, but every time it seemed Wrenshall was ready to make a run Chisholm stemmed the tide.

"We had cut their lead down to three in the second half, but Chisholm would always seem to have an answer and score to extend and keep the lead," recalled Dickinson. "We had to foul late in the game and they converted on their free throws."

Danielle Anderson finished with a big night and 18 points. Samantha Anderson added 13, it was nine for Danna Anderson, Andrea Gould finished with seven, and Emma Grover scored three points.

"Danielle Anderson played a great game as she drove to the basket very hard," remarked Dickinson. "Chisholm is a great team and I wish them luck in the state tournament. They deserve to be there."

Casey led Chisholm with 26 points, Tara MacDonald added 10 and Tara Skadsem scored 18 points.

"I was very proud of all my kids this year as we finished 21-7," said Dickinson. "I graduate one starter this season, Danna Anderson, and senior reserves Kala Aho and Katie Manning who have done a great job over the years for this program. All three will be missed. I am already looking forward to next season and hope we continue to be competitive in Section 7A."

Wrenshall gained the semifinals of the section tournament by taking a 58-47 win over Isle led by the 17-point night of Danielle Anderson and 13 points of Samantha Anderson.

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The game was tied at intermission at 26-26, but the Wrens powered their way to the win over the second half.

Both Andrea Gould and Emma Grover finished with nine points, Wendy Bowman added six and Danna Anderson scored four points.

Kacy Aasen led Isle with 18 points and Jessica Becker scored 10 points.

Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: kdrodd@aol.com .

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